Libya Congress "Rejects new PM"

The General National Congress (GNC) has rejected the appointment of a new interim prime minister hours after he was sworn in.

Misratan businessman Ahmed Maiteeg [Maitig, Maiteeq] was believed to have secured the support of 121 deputies after several rounds of voting, but following what the BBC describes as a chaotic session, the acting Congress chairman Ezzedine Al-Amawi declared the vote illegal.

He asked Abdullah al-Thinni, who quit following a gun attack on his family, to continue as caretaker; Mr Thinni has reportedly said he will comply with the request.

The vote was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but it was interrupted when gunmen stormed the parliament.

(Source: BBC News, Reuters)

2 Responses to Libya Congress "Rejects new PM"

  1. Kimberly Jones 6th May 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    The congress seems to be paralyzed by the consistent threat or actual "interruption" when gunmen storm the parliament. Yet nothing is ever published regarding the follow-up action taken against the perpetrators who brandish guns at the PM, or break into the congress with guns. These acts must be held up as criminal offenses and the individuals who participate must be held accountable. If not then the acts are sanctioned as acceptable behavior.

  2. Philip Hodkinson 6th May 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    I accept that the guns were fired only for effect and that no one was killed in this instance. However, I have to repeat what I have said since I began in this thread. The government HAS to remove all weapons from the equation now, by whatever means. Even a UN peacekeeping force, would be better than nothing. The government must accept that it needs help to regain control for the sake of the majority of the population at the direct expense of the various minority factions that are threatening the prosperity of the many.
    Having said that, it also needs to clean it's own house of the rising corruption within.

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